Carpe Diem #901 fields


hard work, tough labour
planting rice is never fun
rice fields provide food


children laugh and run
you and me busy kissing
strawberry field


the English Garden
taking clothes off in summer
the feeling of freedom

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


For: Carpe Diem #901 fields


Carpe Diem Special #187 Georgia’s 3rd, a haibun “idyllic spring”


Our first year anniversary. We were still students – starving students. We wanted to celebrate our first year, so we booked a cheap hovercraft holiday to Paris. I wasn’t good in travelling by hovercraft in the British Channel, got sea-sick. But we carried on, took the train and stayed in a cheap hotel. That was one spring in Paris. We lived on baguette, wine and cheese. We didn’t mind, it was wonderful. Every day, we walked along the River Seine and hand in hand, waited for the sunset. We loved going to the museums, especially the Musee d’Orsay for all the paintings of Monet, Manet, Renoir, like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” We also spent a lot of time at the garden of Rodin. We sat and contemplated with “The Thinker.” And one sunny day, we climbed up the Eifel Tower – what a view! “We’ll always have Paris,” we promised.

Paris in spring
Our first anniversary
Lived on wine and cheese

(c) ladyleemanila 2015


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Carpe Diem #873 Deeper into the North: men of this world; picking up rice seedlings; backpack and sword

hot springs
Credits: Hot Springs

following the trail
on a journey through the world
to find ourselves

© Chèvrefeuille

following the trail
of Basho and companion
such an honour

on a journey through the world
focus on the deep meaning
time to appreciate

to find ourselves
our purpose and role in life
in tune with nature

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: Carpe Diem #873